Get the lymph moving
Beyond being kinder to your skin, effective and thoughtfully curated natural skincare products with plant oils at their heart, have the ability to help heal and nurture the skin at a much deeper level.
Even deeper than that, through the topical application of these skincare products, we are also encouraging the movement of lymphatic fluid through the body. The two are so closely connected, but how can we make the most of this connection?
Why the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is the body’s detoxification and drainage system and it’s the largest circulatory system in the body. Whilst the automatic pump that is our heart moves blood around the body, the lymphatic system, without such a pump, requires a helping hand from us, depending on manual movement to get lymphatic fluid moving freely. Sounds daunting but it really means that we get to uncover the not so obvious, or secondary benefits of natural skincare.
Healthy and active lymph means metabolic cellular waste, dead cells, and toxins are being pushed out!
Exercise, like yoga, is the best way to maintain healthy lymph and to reset a sluggish, backed-up lymphatic system, and I mention yoga because IT IS the breath and conscious and deep breathing along with exercise and gentle stretches, is so beneficial to good flow and circulation.
What else makes a difference to healthy lymph?
Proper hydration, good digestion, stress-management, elimination of processed foods and minimising exposure to chemicals can all prevent lymphatic stagnation!
So, there is a duality to taking care of our skin that isn’t always apparent and that we can be more mindful of. Wonderfully nourishing natural ingredients that can do wonders for the skin on the outside are absolutely making a difference to what’s happening on the inside too.
Skincare and the lymph
Simply, your choice of cosmetics and skin-care products has a direct impact on a healthy lymphatic system. As our largest organ, the skin is the primary point of absorption and elimination. It has a big job on its hands!
If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you already do, or are keen to avoid synthetic ingredients, synthetic preservatives, and even synthetic fragrance. On top of environmental pollutants and stressors, if your personal care products are laden with synthetics, the burden is on your lymphatic system to process and eliminate them.
Practical ways to focus on lymphatic drainage
I’m a huge advocate of using a dry brush daily, including prior to a body treatment.
It promotes lymphatic drainage of toxic waste, leading to brighter skin, reduction of cellulite over time, and strengthened immunity.
What makes up the lymphatic system is close to the skin so gentle, light upward strokes towards the heart is all that’s needed.
Massage and the lymph
In lieu of regular lymphatic massage, as these are costly, self-care acts such as dry-brushing, scrubbing and oiling are attainable and effective alternatives.
Taking your scrub- we have three in the range for different skin concerns and with different aromatherapeutic qualities, or body oil, massage preferably on to damp skin, focusing on the several lymphatic points below, and massage in a circular motion for up to twenty seconds.
- Inner and outer legs
- Upper legs
- Below the collarbone.
So whilst you think about your skincare choices as a stand against chemical-laden products in favour of protective plant oils, think too how a few mindful moments of application could be having a wider, positive impact on your physical, mental and emotional well-being. The key to seeing results, is as ever, consistency!
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or leave a comment below to start a discussion.